[ verb ad-vuh-keyt; noun ad-vuh-kit, -keyt ]
/ verb 藞忙d v蓹藢ke瑟t; noun 藞忙d v蓹 k瑟t, -藢ke瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ad路vo路cat路ed, ad路vo路cat路ing.
to speak or write in favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly: He advocated higher salaries for teachers.
verb (used without object), ad路vo路cat路ed, ad路vo路cat路ing.
to act as an advocate: a father who advocates for his disabled child.
a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc. (usually followed by of): an advocate of peace.
a person who pleads for or in behalf of another; intercessor.
a person who pleads the cause of another in a court of law.
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Origin of advocate

First recorded in 1300鈥50; from Latin advoc膩tus 鈥渓egal counselor,鈥 originally past participle of advoc膩re 鈥渢o call to one's aid,鈥 equivalent to ad- ad- + voc膩re 鈥渢o call鈥 (akin to v艒x voice); replacing Middle English avocat, from Middle French


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British Dictionary definitions for advocate


verb (藞忙dv蓹藢ke瑟t)
(tr; may take a clause as object) to support or recommend publicly; plead for or speak in favour of
noun (藞忙dv蓹k瑟t, -藢ke瑟t)
a person who upholds or defends a cause; supporter
a person who intercedes on behalf of another
a person who pleads his client's cause in a court of lawSee also barrister, solicitor, counsellor
Scots law the usual word for barrister

Derived forms of advocate

advocatory, adjective

Word Origin for advocate

C14: via Old French from Latin advoc膩tus legal witness, advocate, from advoc膩re to call as witness, from voc膩re to call
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